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The new second generation Nano, aka the "Nano 2nd"

The new smaller Shuffle

The entire "new" iPod family
Apple's entire range of iPods receive a makeover

Apple today announced a new refresh to its line of iPods that include the iPod, the Nano, and the Shuffle. The new iPod will have a 60-percent brighter screen and have an increased video playback time of 3.5 hours, which is roughly 1.5 hours more than the current iPod. Apple will also be releasing a bigger capacity iPod that sports an internal 80GB hard drive that can play video for 6.5 hours.

The iPod Nano will also receive a refresh. Apple today announced that the iPod Nano will now be all aluminum and available in various colors. Currently, the iPod Nano is made of plastic and was previously reported to be easily scratched. Available colors for the new iPod Nano are green, silver, black, blue and pink. Apple will be making the new iPod Nano in three flavors: 2GB, 4GB and 8GB. The 2GB iPod Nano will only be available in silver color.

2GB: $149 - Silver only
4GB: $199 - All colors except black
8GB: $249 - All colors

The new iPod Nanos will come with a new charger, armband and new lanyard. Apple claims that the new Nano will be able to play for roughly 24 hours non stop.

Along with new iPods, Apple will be introducing new software for the small players as well. New generation software will include such features as gapless playback, searching, and a host of new games: Bejeweled, Pac Man, Texas Holdem, Tetris, Mahjong and others. Users will also be able to purchase games for their iPods off of iTunes for $4.99 per game.

Apple's iPod Shuffle will also receive a revamp. The Shuffle has been reduced in size to roughly the size of the iPod radio remote. The iPod Shuffle's body is now metal and comes in only a 1GB version for $79. Apple said that the new Shuffle will ship in October of this year.

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RE: Battery
By Tamale on 9/12/2006 1:59:03 PM , Rating: 1

There are many mp3 players that use AAs or AAAs, - there's no reason ANY player should be made with proprietary batteries. Just another useless cost.

RE: Battery
By rklaver on 9/12/2006 2:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
okay so how about the other portable "video" players out there? Do they use standard batteries. What about camcorders and Digital cameras, even better I wish I can put 8 D-cell batteries in my laptop. Sound more expensive to me.

Not that I've looked very hard but I don't recall seeing any lithium-Ion AAA's at the store.

RE: Battery
By Thrawn on 9/12/2006 2:15:45 PM , Rating: 2
It is very easy to get Lion or uasualy better NiMh AAAs on the net. The problem with the Lion batteries is they need to be much more carefuly charged and has higher then normal voltage.
Good example of place to get Lion AAA or AAs.

RE: Battery
By Burning Bridges on 9/12/06, Rating: -1
RE: Battery
By rklaver on 9/12/2006 2:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
Good example of place to get Lion AAA or AAs.

Well I stand corrected :-)

RE: Battery
By tuteja1986 on 9/12/2006 11:04:35 PM , Rating: 1
It doesn't even beat my Creative Vision M which i bought for $280USD early this year. ;( Apple just reduced the price and fixed the screen brightness bug and increased the HDD size.

RE: Battery
By nizanh on 9/12/2006 5:21:06 PM , Rating: 3
There will never be Li-Ion AA/AAA just because alkalin cell (like the AA) has 1.2-1.5 volt while Li-Ion has ~3.4 volt, so no way to replace one with the other.

Li-Ion has great advances over NiMH batteries by having
- More energy per volume or weight.
- Faster charging.
- Can be kept longer without being discharge.

The only problems about them is their price (compare to NiMH) and the lack of some standard.

RE: Battery
By juancferrer on 9/12/2006 2:11:07 PM , Rating: 5
There's just no way to make the iPod as small and light and with the same form factor if it used AA or AAA batteries.

RE: Battery
By Hare on 9/12/2006 2:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
Do you really think the form factor makes a difference? AA or AAA rechargeble batteries also wear and won't hold charge after a certain period of use. Exactly like the propriety batterypacks.

I personally like the built in battery since it makes the entire device a lot smaller and I always recharge my player with the usb-cable.

I prefer the slim propriety battery. I'm not alone.

RE: Battery
By Hare on 9/12/2006 2:15:43 PM , Rating: 3
Hmm. Something is definately wrong with this comment system? This wasn't the message where my reply was supposed to go...

RE: Battery
By redbone75 on 9/13/06, Rating: 0
RE: Battery
By Hare on 9/13/2006 10:26:18 AM , Rating: 3
Please, people. I hate to be the spelling/grammar nazi, but it's "definitely," not "definately.
English is not my native tongue so I might slip a typo every now and then. Maybe I should switch to german, spanish, swedish or finnish instead. That would remove most of the grammar mistakes but I don't think many people would understand what I'm saying...

My point. There are international visitors here at Dailytech so cut us some slack.

RE: Battery
By piroroadkill on 9/14/2006 12:31:10 PM , Rating: 1
On the Something Awful forums, if you spell definitely incorrectly, it changes it to [NOTE: I AM TOO STUPID TO SPELL "DEFINITELY" CORRECTLY.] I find it funny, at least!

RE: Battery
By Ylk on 9/12/2006 3:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
AA and AAA rechargable batteries don't cost nearly as much as any proprietary li-ion (that's even replacable); AA and AAA rechargable batteries don't age nearly as quickly when you don't use them at all; AA and AAA batteries can be fully discharged and charged constantly without penalties, very much unlike lithium batteries.

Unfortunately, form factor means everything to the nano.

I prefer something that lasts for longer than a year.
I'm not alone.

RE: Battery
By ryanbrancel on 9/12/2006 5:04:58 PM , Rating: 4
Your "facts" are completely messed up. AA and AAA (NiMH) batteries have a high rate of discharge of ~30% per month when not even used:
Lithium Ion is a newer technology with many benefits, including a discharge rate of only 5% per month and they can be charged at any time.
The new lithium ion batteries are the main reason portable electronics have shrunk in size. It's also the main battery technology in the Tesla all electric sports car!

You are alone in your complete misconception of tech!

RE: Battery
By Ylk on 9/13/2006 4:12:21 AM , Rating: 2
First of all , when I say 'age', I mean a permanent loss in charge capacity- not that it simply discharges.

As per the wikipedia :
"A unique drawback of the Li-ion battery is that its life span is dependent upon aging from time of manufacturing (shelf life) regardless of whether it was charged, and not just on the number of charge/discharge cycles."

"Lithium-ion batteries should never be depleted to empty "

"Li-ion batteries should be kept cool. Ideally they are stored in a refrigerator. Aging will take its toll much faster at high temperatures. The high temperatures found in cars cause lithium-ion batteries to degrade rapidly."

So while part of the life span of the battery may depend on your charging habits, other parts do not.

I have never said form factor wasn't important for the nanos - it is, and yes; li-ion and especially li-polymer batteries can be moulded in almost any fashion. Ever seen 'gumstick' NIMH-batteries though?

RE: Battery
By Thrawn on 9/12/2006 2:12:19 PM , Rating: 3
My old Creative had an interesting twist on using a proprietary Lion batteriy. It seemed at first that even though the cell was easy to change I couldn't get any cheap replacements because only creatice sold them. Then I relized that the normal replacement cells for a laptop are basicly the same thing but shorter. So I now have two of those with small chunks of metal as extenders and between the two I can have my player going for well over 24 hours.

RE: Battery
By redbone75 on 9/13/2006 4:30:34 AM , Rating: 2
Which Creative player are you referring to, and what laptop battery did you use? I'm just interested.

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